A material world

Mirror or transparency?

May 24th, 2017 | OPTIS group


Everything human eyes see is not only a question of light but also a question of materials. 


Each material has its particular properties, which react in a very specific way to light, allowing us to perceive and recognize what the material is. Playing with lights and materials can sometimes produce impressive effects while being very tricky. This is something the American artist Philip K Smith III understood. He created, in the California High Desert, an installation called Lucid Stead. In fact, Smith simply added mirrors to the walls of a wooden cabin to create the illusion that you can see right through it. By alternating mirrored panels with the wooden panels of the shack, he creates horizontal stripes around the outer walls. When aligning with the building, the mirrored stripes of the cabin literally seem to disappear, giving the feeling that the building is partly transparent as the structure takes on the lighting characteristics of the desert around it. 


You can really see that everything is a question of materials


That's something OPTIS realized long ago and that's why the company created a unique material scanner! The objective was to give customers the possibility to acquire any existing material, to then use it within virtual renderings, giving the exact look the material has in reality. 




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